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    Jake Paul backed to beat Tommy Fury in grudge fight by ex-UFC star Luke Rockhold who says Brit ‘ain’t got no dog in him’

    JAKE PAUL will beat Tommy Fury, who “ain’t got no dog in him”, according to ex-UFC champion Luke Rockhold. Paul is finally set to face Fury on February 26, who has been forced out of the grudge match twice before due to injury and US visa issues.
    Jake Paul and Tommy Fury facing off ahead of their fightCredit: Reuters
    It will be the YouTuber-turned prizefighter’s first opponent with a recognised professional boxing record in his 6-0 career.
    But Rockhold – who left the UFC this year – blasted 23-year-old Fury’s boxing ability and predicted Paul to win the Saudi Arabia fight.
    He told InsideFighting: “You gotta have a dog in you. He ain’t got no dog in him. I’ve watched him fight. He doesn’t even finish his punches.
    “You know, he has no commitment to finishing it. He’s a show. He’s a show fighter. And I got Jake.
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    “And I don’t even think Jake has that much, like, he has commitment, at least. He doesn’t have patience.
    “He doesn’t have that f***ing mentality when he gets in the game, I think he’s blinded. He’s got that deer in the headlights, but at least he throws.”
    Paul, 26, beat UFC legend Anderson Silva, 47, in his last fight in October, his biggest win to date.
    But Rockhold, 38, mocked the victory and called to fight the American after mutually parting with the UFC.
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    He said to TMZ: “Stop trying to fight little dudes. F***ing [155] pounders. You’re a middleweight.
    “If you want to fight a middleweight, I got hands. We can do anything we want. I really don’t care. I’d beat that guy in my sleep.”
    “I got some freedom to do some things and as you can see, I like throwing hands these days.
    “Fight people your own f***ing weight. Straight up. And champions, a real champion, a real contender.
    “A real someone who can put you on your ass. not old guys, 55-year-olds, or lightweights.
    “You can’t even get above a welterweight, dog, So, step up.”
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    Katie Taylor’s May rematch with Amanda Serrano CONFIRMED with Conor McGregor in talks to help bring fight to Croke Park

    KATIE TAYLOR is set to officially rematch Amanda Serrano in Ireland – with Conor McGregor in talks to sponsor the fight. Undisputed lightweight queen Taylor watched from ringside in New York as Serrano beat Erika Cruz for all the featherweight belts.
    Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano are set to rematchCredit: EPA
    The two faced off in the ring afterwards as their rematch was CONFIRMED for May 20 in Dublin, boxing’s first event in Ireland since 2014.
    Hearn had eyed 82,000-seat football stadium Croke Park to host but claimed the fees were three-times what Wembley costs.
    So UFC legend Conor McGregor publicly offered to help fund the bout, with talks set to continue.
    Hearn is due to speak with McGregor, 34, and the fighter’s manager Audi Attar to discuss sponsorships.
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    Hearn told iFL TV: “He was asking questions like, ‘How much more is it? How does it work?’
    “I told him that we’re likely to go 3Arena and then maybe Croke Park in September, he liked it, he got that, he liked it.
    “Wants to see what we can do, he’s gonna get Audi to reach out and see if there’s a sponsorship deal for one of his many brands.
    “In an ideal world, everyone would like to do that event at Croke, we understand the reasons why and this hasn’t been about complaining that the government aren’t helping out.
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    “But at the end of the day, the running costs as I said are three-times the running costs of Wembley.
    “Sometimes you’ve got a deal in place with both fighters for the money required, and it just works out more effectively for everyone to do it at the 3Arena.
    “Haven’t given up on it, but very likely.”
    Taylor, 36, beat Serrano, 34, in a thriller at New York’s Madison Square Garden to unify all four lightweight belts.
    So Serrano – promoted and managed by YouTuber-turned boxer Jake Paul – moved back down to featherweight.
    She did so to also become undisputed champ, achieving that feat with a points win over Cruz, 32, on points.
    It has set up a rematch between the two women’s boxing stars, both now as four-belt undisputed title holders.
    Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor pictured in 2018Credit: Sportsfile
    Katie Taylor beat Amanda Serrano in their title fightCredit: AP
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    Jake Paul ‘made a mistake’ by having Mike Perry as backup for Tommy Fury fight with ex-UFC star backed to KO YouTuber

    JAKE PAUL has been warned he has “made a mistake” by having Mike Perry as the backup replacement for his fight with Tommy Fury. Celebrity boxing rivals Paul and Fury announced the latest rescheduling of their grudge match, on February 26 in Saudi Arabia.
    Jake Paul and Tommy Fury ahead of their fightCredit: Reuters
    Mike Perry with Karate Combat star Samuel EricssonCredit: Karate Combat
    But it is the THIRD time the pair will attempt settle their score in the ring following a pair of previous pullouts.
    Fury was forced to withdraw due to a rib injury in December 2021 and then amid a US visa issue last August.
    So Paul has come prepared this time by placing ex-UFC welterweight-turned bare-knuckle boxer Perry on standby.
    And Perry’s sparring partner – karate combat star Samuel Ericsson – says the YouTuber better hope Fury makes it this time.
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    Ericsson said: “I think Jake Paul has made a mistake putting Mike Perry on standby for if Tommy Fury drops out.
    “Because I am positive Mike will knock him out. He doesn’t care about anyone’s hype and he’s just too tough.
    “He’s also got a really intelligent fighting mind. Look at his BKFC fight with Michael Venom Page.
    “Everyone was predicting that Page would pick him apart and be too clever for him, plus Mike was the smaller guy in the fight.
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    “But in the fight Mike not only overwhelmed him with aggression but was also the one setting traps and tricks.
    “Look what Page has done to people and then look at how Mike outboxed him.
    “So I think Jake Paul is biting off more than he can chew here, but I do respect Jake’s willingness to step up and take challenges like this.”
    Swede Ericsson, who knocked out Tarek Khelifi in the karate combat pit in December, has been sparring with Perry recently.
    The American was considered as an alternative for Paul, 26, when talks with Fury, 23, dragged on.
    But Perry, 31, will instead be patiently waiting after it was confirmed he was the substitute opponent.
    Paul said: “We have Mike Perry on standby. Let’s go Mike Perry. He’s ready to jump in if Tommy pulls out.”
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    Eddie Hearn reveals talks with ex-UFC star Nate Diaz over ‘fascinating’ boxing match with Canelo amid Ngannou pursuit

    EDDIE HEARN has revealed he’s held talks with Nate Diaz – who is gunning for a clash with Canelo Alvarez.MMA legend Diaz is looking to enter the boxing world after ending his 15-year-long stint with the UFC last September.
    Nate Diaz became a free agent last November after seeing out his UFC contractCredit: GETTY
    MMA legend Diaz is keen to enter the world of boxingCredit: AP
    Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn has reached out to the former UFC starCredit: Getty
    Diaz has set his sights on a showdown with former P4P king Canelo AlvarezCredit: AFP
    Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn wasted little time in contacting Diaz after the UFC’s exclusive renegotiating period ended but was left stunned by the fan favourite’s aspirations in the squared circle.
    During an appearance on The MMA Hour, he revealed: “It was just a friendly conversation to say, ‘What are you thinking?’
    “And Nate Diaz’s mindset is, ‘I want to fight Canelo Alvarez.’ And who knows?”
    Although a Canelo vs Diaz fight would do well at the box office, Hearn has reservations about making the fight.
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    He said: “I like to make competitive fights. That’s the problem again with Jake Paul, for example.
    “Jake Paul against Nate Diaz may be a fight that happens over time.
    “But at least with [Francis] Ngannou and AJ [Anthony Joshua], you’ve got two huge punchers were something could happen.
    “It’s very difficult to give Nate Diaz a shot in a Canelo Alvarez fight.
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    “But again, Nate Diaz can box. I’m not saying he’s going to compete with Canelo Alvarez.
    “But he’s got a big fanbase.
    “And I think there’s a fascination behind seeing these guys do something different.
    “It’s the unknown. What’s going to happen?
    “I have no idea. What if Francis Ngannou came out and they traded up and he knocked Anthony Joshua out?”
    Bar hinting that he wants to compete in Japanese combat sports promotion RIZIN, Diaz has kept his cards close to his chest since his UFC exit.
    Hearn would love to bring the enigmatic Stockton slugger into his stable of fighters but won’t move heaven and earth to sign him.
    Nate Diaz closed out his UFC career with a submission victory over Tony FergusonCredit: GETTY
    The 43-year-old said: “I’m not the type to turn outside of someone’s house and camp out and harass people and phone people.
    “At the end of the day, I say to these people, ‘I believe I’m the best at what we do.
    “‘We’re straighter than anybody in boxing and we’re going to deliver on every single promise we give you.
    “‘If you want to be with me and us, it would be an absolute pleasure.
    “We’ll have a nice conversation and we’ll go from there.
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    “‘If you want to go out and just talk with everybody and go with the one that pays you the dollar more, not really for me.’
    “I just find that it fascinating, again, I think Diaz is in a different kind of position to [Fancis] Ngannou.” More

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    Tyson Fury reveals ‘risky’ alternative fight if Oleksandr Usyk talks collapse against ‘biggest puncher in combat sports’

    TYSON FURY revealed he has a “risky” alternative fight in mind if talks with Oleksandr Usyk collapse. The WBC champion and Usyk have been negotiating the heavyweight division’s first four-belt undisputed decider since the new year.
    Tyson Fury pictured at Wembley ArenaCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
    And despite April 29 in Saudi Arabia emerging as the new target date for the historic unification, Fury has back-up options.
    He named ex-UFC heavyweight Francs Ngannou – the “biggest puncher in combat sports” – as a wildcard replacement for Usyk.
    Fury told GiveMeSport: “If Usyk doesn’t happen like this month coming, then I’m going to say, ‘Right then, let’s move on and do Francis Ngannou’.
    “And I’m looking to get big Francis in a cage with 4oz gloves on and throw down with him swinging some big bombs.
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    “It’s risky because Francis at one point was considered the biggest puncher in combat sports.
    “So, with 4oz gloves on, all it takes is one punch and it’s all over.”
    Ngannou, 36, is a free agent after failing to extend his UFC contract and has interest from Deontay Wilder, 37, and Anthony Joshua, 33, also.
    Fury’s never-before-seen proposal of a hybrid rules bout, with 4oz gloves in the cage under boxing rules, would be a first.
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    But according to ESPN, talks for his undisputed super-fight against Usyk, 36, are still progressing.
    The Ukrainian WBA, IBF and WBO belt holder is said to have agreed a financial package with Saudi Arabian hosts.
    Now Fury, 34, must do the same or the bout could land at Wembley stadium, where he knocked out Dillian Whyte, 34, in front of 94,000 last year.

    Francis Ngannou left the UFC after failing to agree a new dealCredit: GETTY
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    Logan Paul branded ‘worst brother ever’ as he agrees massive Prime sponsorship deal with Jake’s rival Dana White

    LOGAN PAUL was branded the “worst brother ever” as he agreed a massive Prime sponsorship deal with sibling Jake’s rival Dana White.UFC president White and Jake have been at loggerheads for years.
    Logan Paul with UFC president Dana White as he signed a deal for his Prime drinkCredit: @LoganPaul
    Logan with younger brother JakeCredit: @jakepaul
    But the rivalry has not stopped Logan from teaming up with the UFC, as Prime became the company’s new official global sports drink.
    It is the latest milestone in the American’s venture with former boxing opponent-turned business partner KSI.
    The pair launched hydration drink Prime in 2022 with astonishing success, even becoming a sponsor of Arsenal.
    That is despite brother Jake’s long-standing beef with KSI, which looks to be settled in the ring this year in a grudge match.
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    And after Logan, 27, once again linked up with an enemy of Jake’s in White, fans claimed he was disloyal.
    One said: “Logan Paul gotta be the worst brother of all time.”
    Another said: “Ain’t no way Logan Paul done became friends with his brother’s 2 rivals: KSI and Dana White.”
    One added: “Logan Paul is the worst brother of all time. His brother has serious beef with 2 guys he does business with.”
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    Jake, 26, commented on Logan’s newest partnership with the UFC and White by calling for fighters to receive a cut from the deal.
    He tweeted: “I’m always happy for my brother’s successes and while I have zero involvement in his drink, I hope UFC will share the revenue it receives with fighters.”
    In the past Jake has also been full of support in his older brother’s work with bitter enemy KSI.
    He said on a podcast: “I think it’s dope, I think it’s smart.
    “They’re doing, well, Logan is sort of carrying the whole company, but obviously KSI has got a big name, but it’s crushing it and I’m proud of Logan, and it’s very smart by him.”
    Jake has taken aim at the UFC and White’s pay structure for fighters, calling for the minimum pay to be boosted alongside health care.
    He told SunSport: “I don’t know about the fans, the feud between Dana and I has been a lot of hype and it draws a lot of media.
    “And there’s been a bunch of s**t talked back and forth but my main thing is getting the fighters paid more
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    “Raising the fighter minimum to $50,000 whereas it’s at $12,000 (£9,700) now, getting them long-term healthcare. That’s what it’s mainly about.”
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    Jake Paul claims he has ‘matured’ since ‘reckless’ attack on UFC star Conor McGregor’s fiancee Dee Devlin

    JAKE PAUL insists he no longer needs to make crass personal insults to get under the skin of potential opponents.No line was too far for the YouTuber-turned-boxer to cross when he first burst onto the combat sports scene in 2020.
    Jake Paul wasn’t afraid to cross any lines when he first burst onto the combat sceneCredit: INSTAGRAM@JAKEPAUL
    The YouTuber made crass comments about Conor McGregor’s fiancee Dee DevlinCredit: INSTAGRAN@THENOTORIOUSMMA
    Paul insists he’s matured and no longer needs to make such personal tauntsCredit: PA
    His sick taunts of Conor McGregor’s fiancee, Dee Devlin, two years ago epitomised his willingness to leave no subject untouched – which, in hindsight, he puts down to immaturity.
    The Problem Child told SunSport last weekend: “It’s definitely a case-by-case basis.
    “I am older now – when I was talking s**t to Conor I was like 23 so I was a little bit more reckless.
    “I’ve definitely matured to 26 years old now.
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    “So I don’t feel the need to go to those places.”
    Paul, however, won’t pull his punches if he’s goaded into a personal war of words.
    The 26-year-old continued: “But if it goes there, it’ll go there.
    “But I’m not going to purposely be ruthless like that.
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    “And I think before my words were bigger than my actions.
    “And now my actions are bigger than my words and I like that balance better.”
    Paul is just weeks away from a grudge match with fellow social media star Tommy Fury, who he’ll meet in a Saudi showdown on February 26.
    And the former Disney star is brimming with confidence ahead of his first clash with a professional boxer.
    Following their fiery face-off last weekend, the American said of Fury: “He’s going to get knocked out by a Disney star, plain and simple, that’s it.
    Jake Paul will clash with Tommy Fury in a Saudi showdown next monthCredit: GETTY
    “You’ll see, you’ll see who the real professional boxer is.
    “All these critics, all these people saying, ‘Fight a real boxer.’
    “Here we go.
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    “Tommy has so much to lose, his family is going to disown him when I knock him the f*** out, plain and simple, that’s it.
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    ‘It’s been long enough’ – Tyson Fury called out by Francis Ngannou as ex-UFC champion says ‘we all need this fight’

    FRANCIS NGANNOU has called out Tyson Fury and said it is time to stop the talking. Ngannou is a free agent after leaving the UFC and has set his sights on a lucrative move to boxing.
    Francis Ngannou called out Tyson Fury and said it is time to stop the talkingCredit: Getty
    Tyson Fury challenged the Francis Ngannou to a a hybrid boutCredit: Getty
    Fury challenged the Cameroonian to a hybrid bout, in the cage with 4oz gloves on but under boxing rules.
    And Ngannou, 36, is ready to accept, insisting the time is right to pit the heavyweight stars against each other.
    He told Canal Afrique: “The next step could be that but, once again, everything has to be finalised.
    “Let me remind you that Tyson Fury and I have been warming up on social media for more than two years.
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    “Obviously we all need this fight. It’s been long enough. Hopefully we have the possibility of dotting the i’s.”
    Fury, 34, is currently in talks over the heavyweight division’s first four-belt undisputed title decider with Oleksandr Usyk.
    But he warned attention will turn to a blockbuster crossover fight with Ngannou if terms for the historic unification are not met.
    Fury said to Seconds Out: “Francis Ngannou, I know you’re out of contract with the UFC. You want to earn some big boy money?
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    “Come see the Gypsy King and let’s do a big, big fight for the baddest MF on the planet.
    “Let’s kick it up spicy, in a cage, four-ounce gloves under Queensbury [rules] and let’s have a badass referee like Iron Mike Tyson.
    “Did I just sell that to the world? If the contract doesn’t get signed with Usyk next for the fight of the century in boxing then we’ll do the Ngannou fight.”
    Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou at WembleyCredit: BT SPORTS More